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The Conversation 06/18/2019 21:52
When unveiling government data revealing Australia’s rising greenhouse emissions , federal energy minister Angus Taylor sought to temper the news by pointing out that much of the increase is due to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, and claiming that these exports help cut emissions elsewhere. LNG exports, Taylor argued, help to reduce global emissions by replacing the burning of coal overseas, which has a higher emissions factor than gas.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 17:54
Facebook is joining the cryptocurrency craze. Should we be concerned? The social network site on June 18 said it’s launching a new cryptocurrency called Libra with the help of 27 partners, including MasterCard, Visa, ebay and Uber. In simple terms, Libra is meant to replace the paper bills in your wallet or purse with a digital equivalent. But unlike other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, Libra will be directly backed by assets. The white paper describing the vision for this new currency is filled with laudable goals such as creating economic opportunity and advancing financial inclusion. But it will take time to completely understand the ramifications of Libra, which Facebook hopes to launch in 2020 . As a macroeconomist , I believe there ar.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 16:53
The world's newest country? railway fx/Shutterstock.com. Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra , adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance and technology companies including Visa, Spotify, eBay, PayPal and Uber – plus a ready-made user base of 2 billion people around the world – Facebook is positioned to pressure countries and central banks to cooperate with its reinvention of the global financial system . In my view as a social media researcher and educator , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clearly seeking to give his company even more political power on a global scale , despite the potential dangers to society at large. In a sense, he is.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 16:00
How would you and your neighbours triple the number of households in your street block in order to keep your cherished suburb thriving and do your bit to tackle urban sprawl? You have a number of choices to make. Where do the new homes go? How big should they be? What do you do with the old houses on your street? How do you maintain the leafy, open qualities you all love? How can you build an even better community and help the environment? To help you do this you can now play a physical “ serious game ” using a range of pieces that help you and your neighbours create your future suburb on a scaled model. So take a game pack, read the guide, look at your new household characters, select your pieces and get cracking. Remember there is no wron.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 16:00
Wes Mountain/The Conversation. , CC BY-ND. In a perfect world, Australia would introduce constitutional protections for freedom of the press. But since the chances of that are next to zero, it might be more productive to look instead at what might be done to make the existing web of secrecy laws less repressive. As a starting point, four laws in particular need reforming. The secrecy of information law. Part 5.6 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 is headed “ Secrecy of Information ”. It defines two general categories of information that are to be regarded as secret:. inherently harmful information. information likely to harm Australia’s interests. Inherently harmful information means any information that has a security classification attached to it,
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:59
Charlotte Best in the Australian Netflix original drama Tidelands (2018). Research last year found that only around 1% of the Netflix Australia catalogue was Australian content. Hoodlum Entertainment. Netflix officially entered the Australian market in 2015, and now reaches 50% of Australia’s adult population . Despite its remarkable success, Netflix has been a purely virtual operation – with no local staff, office, or “boots on the ground”. This looks likely to change when Netflix opens its Australian headquarters later in the year. The company has hired two senior Sydney-based staffers – a head of publicity for Netflix originals in Australia/New Zealand, and a director of public policy – and is looking for office space to house what is exp.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:57
June 19, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Australia’s industrial relations system endorsing the principle of “equal pay for equal work”. Yet, five decades on, a gender pay gap remains. The 1969 decision was a breakthrough, but also highlighted the problem of putting principle into practice, given a legacy of past decisions being based on clear notions of “male” and “female” jobs. While various factors contribute to the overall gender pay gap , about 30% is due to gender concentrations by industry and occupation. Read more:. Will the real gender pay gap please stand up? Decisions dating back a century have contributed to the unequal wage patterns we still see today, with female-dominated jobs clustered at the lower end of the pay spectrum. ABS.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:57
More people are learning what they want, wherever they want. Wes Mountain, The Conversation. , CC BY-ND. This essay is part of a series of articles on the future of education. The nature of global communication (for better and worse) has changed. Virtually all young people in Australia spend an average of nine hours a day online and about three hours of that interacting on social media . That means they spend more time online than sleeping. Smartphones and smart technologies are our personal assistants with diary, shopping, research, translation, social and telecommunications capabilities all a swipe away. As you read this, or have Siri read it to you, people are solving problems, writing music, dating, visiting a tele-nurse and conducting bu.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:57
The recent crash of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome put his attempt for a record-equalling 5th title on hold. (The 2019 Tour de France starts on July 6.). But the spectacular, career-limiting smash also fuelled conspiracy theories surrounding the events leading up to and following the incident. Conspiracy theories in sport are remarkably common. They help sports fans make sense of significant, unusual, and large-scale events. However, where those conspiracy theories have no basis in fact, they can lead to serious reputational harm to their subjects. Froome hit a wall at speed during reconnaissance at a Tour de France lead-up race, the Critérium du Dauphiné . Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) manager, Sir Dave Brailsford, told repor.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:56
The Aged Care Royal Commission is currently looking at aged care for Indigenous Australians. From shutterstock.com. The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is ageing at a much faster rate than the non-Indigenous population. Aboriginal Australians record high mid-life rates of multiple chronic diseases including heart disease and stroke, lung disease, and type 2 diabetes.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 15:24
United Nations Security Council members listen to Iranian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshagh Al-Habib, left, during a meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Dec. 12, 2018, at UN headquarters. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer. Editor’s note: Iranian leaders have threatened to withdraw from a 2015 agreement that limits their nation’s nuclear activities.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 12:28
The sweeping tax reforms that took effect in 2018 meant fewer Americans could itemize their taxes and benefit from the charitable deduction . Has that brought about any dramatic changes in charitable giving? We are the lead researcher and an author of Giving USA 2019: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2018 , which the Giving USA Foundation releases every year in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy . Overall, our team found, total giving was virtually flat in 2018.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 09:29
Getting a baby to fall asleep can be exhausting. Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley/Shutterstock.com. For thousands of years, mothers have sung lullabies to help their babies and children fall asleep. In more recent times, gadgets and devices have been invented and marketed to help the tired child – and weary parent. One of these devices has been linked in recent years to the tragic deaths of 32 babies. Fisher Price recently recalled its Rock ‘n Play Sleeper after the deaths. The popularity of the device and others shows the widespread desire for help getting babies and children to sleep. Consider that nearly 30% of young children experience sleep problems that warrant clinical attention. As behavioral sleep medicine specialists, we completed postdocto.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 08:12
Several unions made a concerted strong stand of support for John Setka on Tuesday, as the executive of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union discussed the push against its embattled official. Statements came from the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union Victorian branch, the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, the Rail, Tram and Bus Union’s Victorian branch, the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union, and the Victorian branch of the United Firefighters Union. Setka, who is the construction union’s Victorian secretary, is under pressure on two fronts. Anthony Albanese is moving to have him expelled from the ALP for allegedly denigrating anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Battie and generally bringing the p.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 06:47
Many Virginians back the decades-old moratorium. AP Photo/Steve Helber. Virginia has the authority to ban uranium mining under state law, even as the federal government regulates the processing of nuclear fuel under the Atomic Energy Act , the Supreme Court has ruled. Neil Gorsuch, joined by the court’s longest-serving and newest conservatives – Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh – rejected the idea that Congress’ plan for nuclear enrichment could override Virginia’s decision to prohibit uranium mining altogether.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 02:30
The United States' reinstitution of punitive sanctions is causing real hardship to Iranians. AAP/EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh. Let’s start with a number. On any given day, more than 17 million barrels of oil pass through what is known as the world’s most important chokepoint . Those 17 million-plus barrels constitute about 20%, give or take a few percentage points, of world oil consumption daily. The waterway in question is the Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Arabian Gulf to the north. It is 33km wide at its narrowest – where its “chokepoint” shipping lane measures just 3km across. This is barely enough space for supertankers to pass. Any interruption to seaborne oil-trade through the strait in the world’s most volatile region would immed.
The Conversation 06/18/2019 00:40
PNG not only wants to end the Paladin security contract on Manus Island, it's demanding Australia find a permanent solution to the refugee crisis. Joel Carrett/AAP. Nearly six years into the revival of its offshore detention policy, Australia’s government is facing a story of corporate and administrative intrigue that highlights the utter unsustainability of our current approach to people seeking our protection. The details of Australia’s contract with a little-known security provider called Paladin, as first reported in the Australian Financial Review, were colourful: Paladin was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island and had a post box in Singapore. According to media reports , there were mysterious characters, including a company
The Conversation 06/17/2019 15:56
Road tested. Quantitative easing worked in the US, and can work even better here. Shutterstock. With its official cash rate now expected to fall below 1% to a new extraordinarily low close to zero, all sorts of people are saying that the Reserve Bank is in danger of “ running out of ammunition. ” Ammunition might be needed if, as during the last financial crisis, it needs to cut rates by several percentage points. This view assumes that when the cash rate hits zero there is nothing more the Reserve Bank can do. The view is not only wrong, it is also dangerous, because if taken seriously it would mean that all of the next rounds of stimulus would have to be come from fiscal (spending and tax) policy, even though fiscal policy is probably inef.

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